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Best Music Festivals near Reading



Summer is among us, and that means the festival season is here. To gear you up for four months of fun, sun and mud, we’ve put together your ultimate music festival guide for 2017. If you’re looking for musical mayhem in a field near Reading this summer, we’ve got you covered.

Check out the best music festivals near Reading using our music festival calendar. . See you down there!

Cornbury Music Festival 5th – 7th July (Oxfordshire)
The organiser of a major musical festival in Oxfordshire has announced next year’s event will be the last.
The three-day event, which takes place at Great Tew, near Chipping Norton will celebrate one last year, before packing up for good.

Attracting tens of thousands of music lovers, celebrities, Royals and even the former Prime Minister David Cameron, Cornbury Music Festival it has been one of Timbageek’s favourites.

Cornbury Music Festival (also known as “Poshstock” because of its well-heeled clientele began in 2004 and has seen appearances from Amy Winehouse, Blondie, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, Tom Jones and most recently Seal, All Saints and Alanis Morissette.

This year you can expect artists of the calibre of The Specials, Keane & the Beach Boys, Echo & The Bunnymen, KT Tunstall, Beverley Knight, The Shires, Paul Carrack, The Hothouse Flowers and the Trevor Horn Band, , and many more.

Reading west will be there to support what has been one of the best Festivals in UK

Let’s all support 2019 “The Sixteenth Cornbury Music Festival”

Truck Festival 26th – 28th July (Oxfordshire)
Founded in 1998, Truck Festival is in its 18th year and, after its immense success in 2015, has now added an extra day to their weekend, welcoming families, teenagers, adults, newcomers and their loyal fans. They’ve already had double the amount of tickets sold currently than in 2015, only going to prove how in demand Truck Festival is, and this may have something to do with the amazing line up they’ve got in store for us this year.

The weekend’s atmosphere is incredible. With under-12s entering the festival for free, the festival family scene was big. With a fully stocked children’s tent, and Mussel Beach, the festival was ideal for families of a range of ages.

2018’s festival saw the likes of Friendly Fires, George Ezra & Courteeners, 2019 is as exciting, you can expect bands like Wolf Alice, Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Slaves, Johnny Marr, Nothing but Thieves and many more

This is a lovely weekend to hang out with friends in the sunshine, whilst listening to music and watching the children play until they fell asleep exhausted.

Womad Festival 25 July – 28th (Wiltshire)
A music feast that will truly open up your kids’ eyes and ears to the world we live in. Performers hail from anywhere and everywhere: Cuba, Turkey, Honduras, the Congo, Bangladesh, the list is endless. Take the little ones on a round the world trip without the expense or the long haul flight. There are many family friendly festivals to choose from, so you’re going to have to make a call, and it’s a tough one. There are kids and adult workshops on world food, drumming and more plus special kids workshops creating artwork for the final procession. Under 13’s go free (mine is 7)

Countryfile Live 1st – 4th August  (Oxfordshire)
As BBC’s Countryfile fans we are very exciting to know that the their live event at is back to the spectacular grounds of Oxfordshire’s Blenheim this summer – read on for full details, including how to get tickets.

Packed with wholesome countryside fun, BBC Countryfile Live returns to the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace for four days of live arena shows, hands on activities, animal displays, debates, food, drink and shopping.

With a whole host of exciting new attractions for 2019, the show brings together everything visitors cherish about our countryside, from wildlife and farming, to outdoor pursuits and food, for everyone to enjoy.

Boomtown Fair – 7th -12th August (Winchester)
Boomtown continues its internal festival narrative, loaded as always with metaphorical madness about independence and rebellion.

Above is their round up video from this years festival, which played with a theatrical theme of how power corrupts the mighty. The clip features a masked man making some seriously on point statements and a whole blast of festival flavor.

Fronted by one of the masters of technical electronic music Tipper, the annual August weekender in Winchester is once again looking like a must-attend event. With a range of House, Techno, Bass, Garage, Electro, hip-hip, indie, pop, grime, reggae, dubstep, and more and beyond into more experimental forms that Boomtown prides itself on – whatever your preferred flavour – there’s plenty for everyone.

R&B singer songwriter Ms Lauren Hill takes to the ‘Lions Den’ stage where you can expect an empowering performance. On the same stage, listen to the sound of The Streets, proving garage music to be well and truly alive in the year 2019 as they continue to reign. Finally, super-group Prophets of Rage take over the ‘Town Centre’ stage. Composed of members from Rage Against The Machine, Cyprus Hill, and Public Enemy, the mix of rap and rock will be sure to scramble your brains in the best way possible.

Reading Festival – 23rd – 25th August
The last couple of years I have found myself being a little excited of Reading Festival. Why? For the simple reason that the bands playing, especially the headliners, have really captured my idea of what Reading Festival is- first and foremost a Music festival.

This year I was thrilled when The 1975, Foo Fighters and Mura Masa were all announced, not only are they bands who have proved they deserve to be up there with their constant and expanding fanbases, but they bring me back to the idea of how I see Reading, a place where I could catch big acts I really admire among fans not just from my town (Reading) but others too and just take it all in in a special environment.
There’s still a wide mix of bands on various other stages, but the main stage has been preserved for acts who deserve to be there.

LoveBox Festival – 12-13 July
They started in 2002 as a club night on Tottenham Court Road. They got bigger and bigger and soon took over Clapham Common for the first edition of the festival. In 2005, they outgrew Clapham Common and moved east to Victoria Park. That was their home for the next 12 years, and they had some unforgettable times there. They’re now taking the trademark Lovebox vibes west to Gunnersbury Park one our from Reading.

The name Lovebox comes from our co-founders Groove Armada. During a DJ set they would put the records that got the most love from a crowd in a box, hence, Lovebox. 16 years, hundreds of performers and three locations later, they’re still in the game and the story behind our name rings true more than ever.

Expect the unexpected at Lovebox 2019 with circus performers, cabaret and headliners like Chance the Rapper, Solange, Giggs, J Hus, 2 Chains.

Alresford Music Festival – 8th June 2019


Anger over 30mph speed limit drop at Portman Rd




As we mentioned back in September, Portman Rd has reduced the speed limit

Reading west motorists are angered by the Reading Council’s decision to lower the speed limit at Portmand road, where the 40mph limit has been replaced by a 30mph limit.

All the 40mph signs located at Portmand road has been removed but not replaced with 30mph which is giving drivers mixed messages about the correct speed limit on the road causing many being fined.

Some drivers have expressed concern there is no indication the speed limit has changed or signs highlighting the changes.
why wasn’t the temporary signage put up when the 40 signs taken down?
Allowing time for drivers to adjust?? So, why was there a police speed camera on Portman Road yesterday??

How are people supposed to know this who don’t have social media to say so? It’s a very confusing situation… what exactly is the time allowed for adjustment? What speed are the camera’s enforcing? In my view this transition has been very poorly organised.

@ReadingCouncil so it would appear that you delightful bunch have reduced Portman Road from a 40mph limit to a 30mph limit. Where are the signs on the road indicating that this has changed? That is proper sneaky!!!! There’s a reason everyone has such a low opinion of you lot

A council spokesman previously told us: “Portman Rd is now the national urban speed limit of 30mph, by virtue of the fact the 40mph signs have been removed. Only limits other than 30 are signed in urban areas. We will however put temporary signage in shortly. As with any speed change, time allowed for drivers to adjust.

As of today we have not seen any temporary signage at Portman Rd.

As another motorist told us this transition has been very poorly organised.”

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Overgrown weeds across Reading west




Unfortunately, weed growth this year has been prolific in all areas across Reading. Reading Council have several complaints to address this problem which they may have been unheard. This week the council started to apply weed killer and clear out the kerbs.

Unfortunately, weed growth this year has been prolific in all areas across Reading. Reading Council have several complaints to address this problem which they may have been unheard. This week the council started to apply weed killer and clear out the kerbs.

The grass cutting services are designed to meet safety needs while providing value for money and increasing bio-diversity.

Scheduling grass cutting is a difficult balancing act, as growth is so dependent on seasonal factors, such as rain and sunshine.

However, nationally-recognised guidance suggests five cuts in urban areas would achieve a reasonable balance between maintaining the street scene and ensuring highway safety and this seesm to dont have been the case in some of ours roads.

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Summer Screens coming to an end till next summer




Summer Screens has been leading the way in open air cinema since 2011, bringing our unique events to some of the country’s most beautiful and unusual locations, offering the definitive outdoor cinema experience.

Still time to experience this magnificent outdoor cinema

Caversham Court, Reading

Church Road

Doors open: 7.30pm
Film start: 9.15pm

Please be aware that all guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.Unfortunately  no children or infants under 5 years old are permitted.

Ticket & Seating Options
For further information on ticket and seating choices, please visit our ticket options page.

Food & Drink
Summer Screens bar is available at all our events and serves a range on alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and cinema snacks including wine, prosecco, craft beers, tea, coffee and popcorn.

Please see our FAQ page.

How to get here
On Foot: For the venue location, please see the map opposite.
Parking: For local parking information, please visit Parkopedia
Trains: For train information, please click here.

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